Websites for Voluntary and Community Groups ~ Autumn Term 2012

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This course is for people who would like to blog on behalf of an organisation. It covers setting up a WordPress blog, writing a post, customising a blog to make it work for you, sharing editorial control and promoting your work. Previous learners have used this course to set up websites for self help groups, advice centres and woodland trusts amongst other things.
Tutor: Alan Carter-Davies & Lindsey Tasker
Venue: Wea Training Room, John Folman Business Centre,Hungerhill Road, NG3 4NB
Dates: Thursday 29th November 2012
Time
:9.30am -3pm      Duration: 4 Thursdays
Fee: £70.00 (£63.00 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income.Course Aims
The aim of this course is to introduce blogs and blogging and how they can be used by small organisations as websites for communication.

This course is for people who would like to blog on behalf of an organisation. It covers setting up a WordPress blog, writing a post, customising a blog to make it work for you, sharing editorial control and promoting your work.

The will be some out of session work on this course but it is not conditional to course completion.

Support for learners between sessions is available through http://monday12july.wordpress.com

Topics to be covered
Planning a WordPress website
Setting up a WordPress website
Maintaining a WordPress website

Learning outcomes
As a result of attending this course it may be possible for you to:

  • Write a plan for a blog/website
  • Set up a blog/website in WordPress
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what makes a good post
  • Explain the importance of ‘Tagging’ and ‘Bagging’ posts
  • Use the WordPress Dashboard to develop your blog
  • Explain the difference between the various categories of WordPress users
  • Identify where to get help with blog related issues

Teaching methods, learning activities
Demonstration – Project Work – Question and Answer – Presentation – Discussion – Activity outside class time – Written work – Individual work

Assessment methods
Assessment will be through peer review and publishing a blog.

Previous learning required
People doing this course must be comfortable using a computer and have access to an email account online.

Before the course, participants need to have a clear idea about why they want to blog.The organisation represented must have a reason to have a website.

Essential materials or equipment
All equipment will be provided

Where the course may lead
The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice county leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your tutor.

This course could lead to an organisation owning and maintaining its own online communications platform in the form of a WordPress website.

Notes
The course takes half an hour for lunch. There is a corner shop within striking distance and a community café on site however many previous learners have found it useful to bring a packed lunch.

You are welcome to bring your own laptop to work on. We do have computers available to work on if you prefer not to.

Booklist
There are no special books to read for this course. Further reading will be online and then be the choice of the individual.

Financial help
If you need help with paying for fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor or programme organiser for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with learning
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills
You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email
ckeep@wea.org.uk

2 thoughts on “Websites for Voluntary and Community Groups ~ Autumn Term 2012

    • Thank you Paula,
      I hope that your website is treating you well still. The decision to make the course four days was not an easy one but we hope that people on the course will find the extra time available useful.
      Kind regards
      Alan

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